Small and medium-sized food and beverage producers across Tasmania are receiving support from the federal government to cut their energy costs so they can invest in their businesses and hire more locals.
Under the Energy Efficient Communities Food and Beverage Round, 27 state-owned food and beverage companies received grants of up to $ 25,000.
Total Tasmanian funding of $ 635,849 will help reduce their energy bills and reduce emissions by switching to more energy-efficient appliances, including refrigeration equipment, energy surveys and the installation of energy monitoring equipment.
Successful recipients include Devil’s Own Ice Creamery, Meru Foods and Mr Brown and Towns in Launceston, which will improve their energy efficiency, Giodonda Coffee Roasters in Turners Beach and Distillery Belgrove in Kempton, which will improve the distillation process.
Minister of Industry, Energy and Emission Reduction Angus Taylor said a key part of supporting Tasmanian business in emerging from a pandemic is reducing overhead costs such as energy.
“The food and beverage industry is at the heart of strengthening Australia’s economy as the largest manufacturing sector, employing one in four production workers,” Taylor said.
“These grants are based on the more than 2,500 grants for solar and energy savings that have already been awarded to community groups and businesses across Australia under the Morrison government.”
The Food and Beverage Grants Program in Energy Efficient Communities opened in January 2022 for grants ranging from $ 10,000 to $ 25,000 for food and beverage companies with less than 200 employees.
The federal government will seek to continue to support small and medium-sized businesses in reducing energy costs through a new $ 60 million Powering Business grant program and a $ 17.9 million expansion of the Business Energy Advice program.